Gomez Making Adjustments For Another Big League Chance
By Evan Matsumoto
Jeanmar Gomez is a familiar name around Cleveland; Gomez split the 2011 season between Triple-A Columbus and Cleveland—ultimately ending his season on the Tribe roster.
Gomez is no longer in Cleveland’s clubhouse despite starting the 2012 season where he ended the last one. The 6-foot-3-inch, 200 pound righty is now in Columbus working on the things that will get him back to the big league.
“I’m working right now with my fastball, the command of my fastball.” Gomez said. “Try(ing) to throw it (at) the knees, (get) movement on my sinker over the plate (and) working with my secondary stuff.”
What ailed Gomez in Cleveland this season was his command of that fastball. He described his time in Columbus as a time to get his heater down in the zone rather than leaving it up where it’s susceptible to opposing bats.
“(The ball) moved too much, it got up, (and) when I made that mistake, I paid for it,” Gomez said.
Gomez was optioned to Columbus in late June after losing three in a row to Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Houston. Since rejoining the Clippers, he has recorded four wins and two losses, posted a 3.54 ERA, and gone at least six innings in all but one of his six starts.
Spectators could blame Gomez’s losses on lack of run support. Of all the starts that ended in decisions for the pitcher, the Indians averaged 3.09 runs. Of the starts that ended in the loss column, however, the Tribe averaged just 2.14 runs per game.
There is no room for mistakes, though. In those same starts for Gomez, opposing teams averaged 5.36 runs total and 7.00 runs per Indians losing effort.
“In (the) major league you can’t do a little mistake because if you do a mistake you will have to pay for it. Right here (in Columbus) you can do a mistake,” Gomez said. He is 4-7 with a 5.18 ERA for Cleveland in 2012 and 13-15 with a 4.81 ERA in his Major League career.
Gomez was signed by Cleveland as a non-drafted free agent on April 4, 2005 but didn’t make his ML debut until July 18, 2010 in a win over Detroit (7.0IP, 5H, 2R, 0ER, 4K).
The Tribe was 37-33 with Gomez in the rotation. Since Gomez’s last start on June 23, the Indians are 13-19 and are currently five and one-half games behind the AL-Central-leading White Sox and four games back from the second-place Tigers.
Zach McAllister replaced Gomez in the Tribe’s rotation and since being called up is 3-1 with a 3.45 ERA (4-2, 3.18 ERA on the season).
The Tribe sits in third place in the division and Gomez is doing everything he can to work his way back up and help them compete for a pennant.
Photo: Eamon Queeney/Columbus Dispatch